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the london stereoscopic was huge. the london stereoscopic company in 1958 posted 1 million views and this is very big—time and they went all around the world, particularly france —— 1858. victorians could see the world through the stereoscope. i guess i looked at every view that i've collected and try to get the best out of all of them. this is the most simple form, it looks like there is nothing to this but there is axa quite a bit of science in this because you have to position things ina certain because you have to position things in a certain way —— there is actually quite a bit of science in this. we tend to squint at something close up with is what you need to do in this is imagine it is a pair of binoculars. by placing the lenses very carefully and adjusting the focal length, you can give people a bit of help. most people with this and a book like this won't have any problems. i'lljust open it up. as
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$0011 problems. i'lljust open it up. as 50011 as you problems. i'lljust open it up. as soon as you get the wow, you know they are seeing the stereo effect. my they are seeing the stereo effect. my own company is called the london stereoscopic company and its inspired by the 1850s original which became defunct about 1930 and we have trodden a similar path. i'm obsessed with the idea of people getting back into this technology and enjoying 3d like i do. 3d is all about getting two views, that's what stereosco py about getting two views, that's what stereoscopy is, we have two eyes and the reason we see things in wonderful, glorious 3d around us is because our brain puts these two slightly different pictures of the universe together so what you're trying to do in 3d photography is to recreate that effect using a picture from here and a picture from there and you make sure this picture gets to the site and the picture gets to
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that i, so that's what stereoscopy is. eating my cereal as a kid at seven is. eating my cereal as a kid at seve n years is. eating my cereal as a kid at seven years old, out of the weetabix packet pops a card which looks like that and you have two pictures side by side which are very flat and not very inspiring but i turned it over and it says, "you must get a weetabix 3d viewer." he'd it is. you put the card into the viewer —— here it is. i had never seen anything like this in my life, this was a revelation. instead of two flat pictures of hippopotamuses, it's like there is a window and you could fall through the window into the mouths of these incredible creatures. so this was magic to me andi creatures. so this was magic to me and i thought, why does everybody do not do this the whole time? if you can take 3d pictures, why would you
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ta ke can take 3d pictures, why would you take 2d why isn't this worldwide endorsed? that was the beginning of my complete enchantment with stereo and it's never left me and ifind that people like me who come upon it as an early age, it never leaves them, it's a magic they always want to hold onto. with my pocket money, two and 6p to be exact, ifound in woolworths this little camera, it's avp woolworths this little camera, it's a vp twin, the first camera i ever owned. it's not a high quality instrument but it gave me what i wa nted instrument but it gave me what i wanted and what i did was put it on a table and go click, move it slightly and click again and i would have my two pictures. then i put them together on a card so these are them together on a card so these are the first attempts that i made. i took a picture of my dad decorating the kitchen from outdoors. it's not
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a perfect stereo picture but it works. if you put it in the viewer like the weetabix pictures, it works just fine and this is in my queen book reproduced. i then got my dad to do the same thing and he took a picture of me in the garden and then he took a picture of me on my bike which was also very new and exciting at the time. so these are little treasures from my childhood. we all remember where we were when something that affects us deeply happen like the death of kennedy or the death of buddy holly for me and
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i remember exactly where we were when neil armstrong put his foot on the moon. that's one small step for man... iwas in the moon. that's one small step for man... i was in cornwall with roger, oui’ man... i was in cornwall with roger, ourdrummer. man... i was in cornwall with roger, our drummer. one giant leap for mankind. it was the very early days of queen. we were doing a tour of cornwall at the time with the legendary drummer of cornwall, roger, and we were in his mum's house, clustered around this tiny little television screen and we all watched it. it seems like the most incredible thing ever. and to me, it still seems fresh and new and exciting, this is the speech age —— space age, but i'm 50 years older and no one had ever done a 3d book on the whole apollo history and we thought, can we do it? is it
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possible? is there enough material? so my good friend claudia who spent her whole life travelling through nasa archives, sifted through and found lots of images which looked promising. the astronauts were trained in 3d mostly but very often i think they were too busy to remember and practise it, but they we re remember and practise it, but they were taught how to take a picture here and a picture they are and it would become a 3d picture so occasionally you are lucky enough to find one of those but it's fascinating, for me it is a passion. i'm completely geeky where this is concerned so if we are on tour with queen, i'll be back at the hotel at 3am trying to put two of these images together, which claudia has sent me, and make them work in 3d, so that's what you see in the book. in the back of the book, you will find what you need to view in 3d
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which is the old stereo viewer. i'm very proud of this book, i think it's one of the most beautiful we've ever made. we are quite a long way down the line with stereo books, i think this is the sixth one. a lot of it has been classic victorian 3d which i love and it's the same principle and this, if anything, brings victorian 3d technique into the 21st—century. it's still the best. i always had some kind of stereo camera with me and that's why i was
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able to make this book because over the years, touring and in studios with my group, queen, i always had stereo cameras. this is the analogue camera that i used. the stereo realist. it's a wonderful piece of engineering from the 1950s. it was made by the david white company. this camera was responsible for bringing stereoscopy to the whole world, to the public in the 1950s. it was a brief love affair because after a while it disappeared but during that time, incredible things happened. all the great film stars of hollywood had one of these like buster keaton and marilyn monroe, and there's lots of wonderful pictures. there's all sorts of little shots of me and candid
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pictures because people were so used to be having this camera around they we re to be having this camera around they were not self—conscious so there are nice, intimate views of what life was like onstage and offstage for us asa was like onstage and offstage for us as a growing bunch of musicians venturing into the world. i was very happy to be able to do this, this tie upa happy to be able to do this, this tie up a lot of ends for me. i'm glad that we actually made a book. i wasn't sure when we started if i had enough stuff but actually we had loads. vr is the distant descendant of the victorian stereoscopic viewer and yes, it's rather strange to me that 110w yes, it's rather strange to me that now we can see the world and have a virtual reality experience like being beside the pyramids and see exactly what the victorians did. the victorians saw all these incredible places for the first time in incredible realism in their little
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dark rooms at night, with candles lit, looking at stereoscopic pictures, so i love it and virtual reality has made this stuff possible again. it has made it more accessible because you don't have to explain what it is to people, any kid knows what vr is, so you can present them with a stereoscope and they get it. hello. yesterday, england, wales, scotla nd hello. yesterday, england, wales, scotland and northern ireland all saw there warmest day of the year so
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far. the highest was 23.3 celsius. somewhere in southeast england will no doubt beat that today and higher tomorrow, perhaps up to 26 to the west of london. quite widely this easter weekend, temperatures in the low 20 celsius, well above the april average. we have high pressure across scandinavia and winds are pull warmer air from across scandinavia and winds are pull warmer airfrom europe. the pressure keeps weather fronts at bay but more cloud will creep into northern ireland in western scotland later on tonight. for good friday, it's a fine and dry day, plenty of sunshine. it will be hazy at times with areas of cloud. still a noticeable breeze, more southwesterly for northern ireland and western scotland and it will hold back temperatures for some eastern and southern coasts but generally, temperatures from 19 to 21 celsius. southeast england could get up to 24. for most, it is a
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fine, dry, frost—free night but this front is approaching western scotland, northern ireland and into the northern isles which will bring more cloud and patchy drizzle and temperatures overnight between five and 10 celsius. this band of rain is still with us tomorrow —— this band of cloud, so a gloomier day with the odd spot of rain with patchy drizzle elsewhere, plenty of strong april sunshine, that will help temperatures up to around 22 or 23 celsius, a few degrees higher across southeast england. as we head into easter sunday, this area of high pressure dominates things, just about keeping these fronts at bay but they will continue to fringe the north and west of scotland and northern ireland on easter sunday so still more cloud here, maybe the odd patch of light rain or drizzle but most will be dry and the best of the sunshine will be across southern scotla nd sunshine will be across southern scotland or all of england and wales. temperatures not quite as high on saturday but still pleasa ntly warm high on saturday but still pleasantly warm in the sunshine, 21
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to 23 celsius. bank holiday monday, most of us will be dry with spells of sunshine, feeling slightly cooler and then turning more and settled in the week ahead. —— more unsettled.
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good afternoon. a journalist has been shot dead in londonderry in what police say was a "terrorist incident". detectives blame dissident republicans for the killing of 29—year—old lyra mckee, during rioting late last night. the trouble broke out after police raided a number of homes in derry‘s creggan area. the prime minister theresa may has described the death of ms mckee as "shocking and truly senseless". 0ur correspondent andy moore's report contains some flash photography. police say they went
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into the creggan area of the city to search for firearms.


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